Biography straight from Valerie's people:
Of Cherokee and Sioux heritage, Valerie Red-Horse, graduated cum laude from UCLA's Theater Arts Department and further studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Her resume as a noted film and television actress is extensive.
Valerie turned to writing, developing and producing in 1993. Her original screenplay, LOZEN, based on the life story of an Apache woman warrior, was selected for the prestigious Sundance Institute's Writers Lab, giving her the distinction of being the first female Native American writer chosen. LOZEN has subsequently won three additional screenplay competitions.
In 1995, Ms. Red-Horse created the story for the emmy-winning CBS Special, MY INDIAN SUMMER. In 1996, she produced an American Film Institute project, LOOKS INTO THE NIGHT, (Winner: Best Live Action Short-American Indian Film Festival, 1996), on which she also served as screenwriter and lead actress.
Dedicated to accurate portrayals and quality material, Ms. Red-Horse formed her own production company: RED-HORSE NATIVE PRODUCTIONS, INC. The premiere project, the independent film, NATURALLY NATIVE, is a contemporary Indian women's story which Red-Horse wrote, produced, co-directed and stars in. NATURALLY NATIVE was funded entirely by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, has received multiple festival awards and is currently in U.S. theatrical release, being distributed by Ms. Red-Horse's own releasing firm.
Red-Horse Native Prods. has just signed on to Executive Produce "WHISPER THE WIND", with Hollywood giant Gale Anne Hurd (Armageddon, Aliens, Terminator, Dante's Peak), an upcoming studio blockbuster about the Navajo Codetalkers as well as TRUE WHISPERS, a documentary to be directed by Ms. Red-Horse. Additionally, she recently produced and co-directed, WINDOWS ON MARS, a joint venture by the NEA and NASA.
Ms. Red-Horse combines solid business experience with her creativeness. As an entrepreneur she owns an advertising specialty business, recently launched the Naturally Native herbal hair care line, and as a licensed securities broker and principal (Series 7, 63, 24 and 55), she owns NATIVE NATIONS SECURITIES, INC., a securities brokerage located in the Wall Street district of New York.
Ms. Red-Horse served as the live model for Mattel's Pocahontas doll, heads a liturgical dance company, and is the director of the non-profit organization H.A.P.N. (Hollywood Access Program for Natives) which provides internships and career opportunities for Native Americans. Ms. Red-Horse was awarded the "Eagle Spirit Award" and "Producer of the Year" by the American Indian Film festival, was a 1997 Girls, Inc. honoree, a 1998 Changing Images in America Honoree, a 1999 Cherokee Medal of Honor Awardee, and won three awards (directing, writing, producing) at the 2000 First American In the Arts Awards.
Dedicated to being a positive role model for Native American youth, Ms. Red-Horse is an active member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and is involved with outreach ministries and youth workshops at reservations nation-wide. Although her professional achievements are impressive, Ms. Red-Horse is proudest of her three productions with husband, Curt Mohl (former NFL football player): their children, Courtney, Derek
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